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Interstellar Cannibals Are Eating Their Way Through Our Universe

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Categories: Astronomy   |   Physics   |   Science  
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Out in our universe, large galaxies rip smaller ones to pieces and white dwarfs feed on healthy young stars. Welcome to the wild world of galactic cannibalism.

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“Due to their close proximity, the white dwarf strips mass from its low-mass companion. This process has removed about 90 per cent of the mass of the companion, turning it from a star into a brown dwarf.”

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